iPhone takes 89%, Android takes 11%, of Smartphone profits

Apple’s iPhone took a record 89 percent share of smartphone operating profits..

From AppleInsider on 26th February 2015

Last quarter, Apple’s iPhone took a record 89 percent share of smartphone operating profits, directly causing another record for the holiday shopping season: an all-time low for devices running Google’s Android.

From IDC on

In Q4 2014, according to research firm IDC, Google’s Android mobile operating system had a 84.4% share of all users globally. Apple’s iOS had just 11.7%, down from 12.8% in the same quarter last year.


Apple with about 18% market share, makes 89% of the profits
Android, with about 78% market share, makes 11% of the profits

How does this happen?

Apple makes a profit of just under $400 on every $1,000 sale, on average.

Android profit per $1,000 sale ??  I assume they make much smaller profits, hence the lower unit price.

om Q3 2013 to Q3 2014 from 18% of the market to nearer 12% of the market according to the latest figures from IDC.

Q3 2014 Smartphone Sales

84.4% Android
11.7% iOS
2.9% Windows Phone
0.5% BlackBerry OS
0.6% Other

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